Lillian graduated with a BS in Education from Northwestern University in 1978. She earned a Master of Science degree from Arizona State University in 1980 and received a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Maryland in 1984. Lillian has extensive bench-research experience in laboratory science, including a strong statistical background in data analysis. She has published and presented at professional conferences, and taught on the college level. A founding member of Collegistics, Lillian worked on various projects and committees related to fundamental issues in education. While raising children in Scarsdale, she served on Scarsdale High School's PTA Compact Committee, as a parent-liaison to the Scarsdale A-School, and was a founding member of both STOP (State Testing Opposed by Parents) and SOS4Education. She has coached youth sports and served on the Village of Scarsdale’s Parks and Recreation Committee. Lillian is an active member of Northwestern University's New York Regional Council.